Research motor boats


The white wooden motorboat Aade built in 1974 is on the move exclusively in the waters all around the North Sea island Helgoland. It runs out every single day to take samples for the Helgoland Roads long time investigation. This data row delivers high resolution of chronological and spatial data – it exists since 1962 and grasps physical and biological factors.

Moreover, the crew of the Aade collects biological material for scientific experiments. For it the motor boat is equipped with a crane system, plankton nets and a water sampling module. The Aade is the biggest "Börteboot" of Helgoland – the wooden boats are typical for the North Sea island. They bring passengers of ferries and holiday ships to the island and they are used also as fishing boats. The Aade carries, by the way, the name of a bay before the Helgolander dune.

Figures and facts
Port of Registry
Length12.5 metres
Width3.9 metres
Max. draught1.5 metres
Max. displacement20.91 tons
Empty weight19.56 tons
Commissioning AWI1974
Engine power115 PS (one engine)
RangeDay tours
Max. speed9 knots
Operation areaAround Helgoland
Days on Sea per year (2013)Day tours at stations plans
Shipyard Bootswerft Hatecke Freiburg/Weser, Deutschland
Scientists per day / long term sailingnone